CAMUS Ile de Ré Cognac - Wine & Spirits Magazine

CAMUS Ile de Ré Cognac

The Ile de Ré is an island off the coast of La Rochelle, where Camus ages a range of spirits. These are gateway Cognacs for Scotch drinkers if there ever were any—picking up the kind of oceanic qualities found in whisky aged in coastal Scotland. The Fine Island smells a bit like tamarind, with the influence of sea air showing up in a mineral note and a cooling menthol feel. The Double Matured has a similar fresh-ocean feel but takes the flavors deeper, with tart cherry aromas, lovely spice and forest floor essence; it has a touch of sweetness from the second “toasted barrel” aging. The Cli side Cellar, the lot that ages closest to the sea, shows more oak extraction, with a pronounced salinity and vanilla scent; the flavors are wonderfully salty-sweet, caramel-like yet earthy, almost peaty. All are best enjoyed neat, with an ice cube or a little bit of water, just like you would Scotch.

Spirits Type:



amus Ile de Ré Fine Island, 40%; Double Matured, 40%; Cli side Cellar, 40%


CIL Amerique, Manhasset, NY


$49 (Amerique); $69 (Double Matured); $99 (Cli side Cellar)

This story appears in the print issue of April 2013.
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